Bill JohnsonProduction Manager and Weekend Host
Bill joined WMFE in September 2008. He started his radio career at WFCS at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain Connecticut where he hosted a weekly comedy/variety show and gospel and blues programs. Bill then spent 10 years at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut, where he worked in radio operations and hosted the evening classical music. During this time he also spent two years working overnights and weekends at WTIC 1080 News in Hartford were he anchored the local newscasts, filed stories for CBS radio and prepared news stories for the morning drive.
Bill lives in Deltona and enjoys travel, motorcycling, restaurants and live music.
Recent Stories from Bill Johnson
The Messiah Choral Society presents their 42nd annual performance of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando. Dr. John Sinclair, Professor of Music at Rollins College will conduct the 120+ member choir and professional soloists. The performance is also supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank by requesting concert attendees bring donations of nonperishable food items. Doors open at 2:15 , and since this an open to the public concert you may want to get there early for the best seats.
It’s widely known these days that there are huge swaths of the United States, especially in urban areas, where it’s not easy to get access to fresh, whole foods. Convenience stores stocked with nonperishables like mac-n-cheese, cup-o-noodles and premade frozen entrees are everywhere, but in some communities, true grocery stores with wide aisles stocked with fresh produce, meats, dairy and whole-grain products are scarce – you need to take a car or a bus just to get a head of lettuce or an onion, not to mention any kind of meat that isn’t in frozen nugget or patty form.
Several organizations come together, 100 volunteers will help out and about 300 homeless locals will be served at the 5th Annual Thanksgiving for the Homeless. Attendees will receive a traditional thanksgiving meal, help with finding jobs and homes, receive free haircuts, and receive assistance learning about EBT, Medicaid, and s.s.i. benefits, etc. It all takes place Saturday 11 am to 5 pm at Iglesia El Calvario, one of Orlando’s largest Hispanic churches.
Tonight is the big fundraising dinner for the 5th Annual Winter Park Harvest Festival. All the proceeds go to running the free festival which is next week in downtown Winter Park. The dinner tonight is multi-course and locally sourced. Guests will be treated to a video tour of the farms that provided the food featured in the dinner.
There’s been a lot of frustration and sadness lately when it comes to new developments in Orlando scheduled to displaced beloved older spaces. Recently Theatre Downtown announced that its landlord, Florida Hospital, has plans for the building the theater has called home for 25 years. The theater has to vacate by the end of January. Shortly after that, we learned that a developer is buying multiple properties in Ivanhoe Village and will be transforming the neighborhood’s artsy warehouse district into multistory mixed-use spaces.
Red Lobster Seafood Co. took a first step as an independent company by unveiling new and refreshed menu items with a big emphasis on the lobster part of its name. And now, the 46-year-old Orlando restaurant company is putting together plans to build out its new culinary development center in its new downtown Orlando headquarters, where it can test even more menu tweaks and treats. Red Lobster has spent the last few months fine-tuning ways of making its new growth plan focused on “great seafood, great people, great results” a reality.